Thursday, March 05, 2009

Pockets of potential !!!

Joan Ganz Cooney center at sesame workshop

in the The report Pockets of Potential: Using Mobile Technologies to Promote Children’s Learning, by
Cooney Center Industry Fellow Carly Shuler, makes the case that our nation’s leaders should not overlook the role mobile technologies can play, if well deployed, in building human capital and in helping to stimulate valuable innovation. As Sesame Street has proven over four decades of remarkable work, exposure to research-tested educational media starting early in life can accelerate children’s skills, while producing enduring economic benefits to society.

the report makes five major points

1. Encourage “anywhere, anytime” learning
Mobile devices allow students to gather, access,
and process information outside the classroom.
They can encourage learning in a real-world
context, and help bridge school, afterschool,
and home environments.

2. Reach underserved children

Because of their relatively low cost and accessibility
in low-income communities, handheld devices
can help advance digital equity, reaching and
inspiring populations “at the edges” — children
from economically disadvantaged communities
and those from developing countries.

3. Improve 21st-century social interactions

Mobile technologies have the power to promote
and foster collaboration and communication,
which are deemed essential for 21st-century

4. Fit with learning environments

Mobile devices can help overcome many of the
challenges associated with larger technologies,
as they fit more naturally within various learning

5. Enable a personalized learning experience

Not all children are alike; instruction should be
adaptable to individual and diverse learners.
There are signifi cant opportunities for genuinely
supporting differentiated, autonomous, and
individualized learning through mobile devices.

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